As Arkansas’s capital city, Little Rock is full of family-friendly attractions, a stellar dining scene, outdoor beauty, history, the arts and more. If you’re big on these things, then you’re BIG on Little Rock.
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Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201 • (501) 374-4242
When in Little Rock, a visit to the Clinton Presidential Library is a must. Explore the vast collection of artifacts, photographs and videos, all of which provide an in-depth look at the Clinton presidency. Additionally, the collection of gifts from foreign citizens and heads of state is as expansive as it is impressive. Permanent exhibits include Clinton’s childhood, Life at the White House, State Events, the Presidential Timeline, a re-creation of The Cabinet Room and more. There are temporary and online exhibits to explore as well.
River Lights in the Rock
Thousands of LED lights make up River Lights in the Rock, an installation that turns three bridges over the Arkansas River into dazzling, nightly works of public art. Former President Bill Clinton turned the lights on in December of 2013 in celebration of the $2.4 million project as well as to mark the official illumination of First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park. It’s a beautiful way to frame up the city during the nighttime hours.
111 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 • (501) 374-7474
Capital Hotel, with its two world-class restaurants, stained glass ceiling, and iconic balcony, bills itself as the “front porch of Little Rock.” Originally opened in 1876 and having enjoyed a complete restoration that was completed in 2007, Capital Hotel offers luxurious accommodations in the capital city. From its deluxe rooms and suite options to its countless amenities and on-site dining options, Capital Hotel alone is reason enough to visit Little Rock.
Little Rock Central School National Historic Site
2120 West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Dr., Little Rock, AR 72202 • (501) 374-1957
The only high school in the country with a National Historic Site designation, Little Rock’s Central High School holds historical significance for its role in the Little Rock Nine’s school integration in 1957. Guided tours offer access to the building, while streetscape tours, which travel from the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and share the story of the Little Rock Nine, do not allow access into the building. The website offers a wealth of history as well through its media library, historic components, and educational materials.
Locally Labeled in Little Rock
Home to six craft breweries, two wineries, and an award-winning distillery, Little Rock is a haven for foodies and craft beverages alike. Little Rock is a foodie paradise having been named a “Top 5 Secret Foodie City” by Forbes Travel Guide, “America’s Next Hottest Foodie City” by Foodie Flashpacker and one of “15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Need to Eat at Now” by Food & Wine and Southern Living.
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All photos courtesy of Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.